Real Madrid produced a stirring comeback to beat Villarreal 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, but had to watch rivals Atletico Madrid claim their La Liga crown, following los Rojiblancos’ victory over Real Valladolid.
Los Blancos’ plans to shift Atleti from the summit took a hit on 20 minutes, when Villarreal pulled the Madrid backline apart, and Yeremi Pino was on hand to tap home past a scrambling Thibaut Courtois.
Zinedine Zidane’s men were rocked by this, and had to endure several waves of pressure from their visitors.
Madrid started the second half brightly, and drew level on 55 minutes, when Karim Benzema headed home Casemiro’s delicately floated cross. VAR was called into action however, and after a lengthy delay, the Frenchman was deemed to be offside, leaving Zidane exasperated on the touchline.
Los Merengues turned the game on its head in the final 10 minutes however, with Benzema and Modric both finding the net superbly to give them some hope of the most unthinkable of title swings.
But in the end, it wasn’t enough, and they had to accept defeat in their title defence at the hands of bitter rivals Atleti.
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